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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Comic-Con Video Service To Open Access Yet Reserve Exclusivity

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On Monday, Comic-Con International and Lionsgate unveiled launch plans for Comic-Con HQ, its newly named subscription video on demand platform.

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San Diego Museum Of Man Serves Up New Exhibit On Cannibals

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The San Diego Museum of Man hopes its new exhibit, Cannibals: Myth and Reality, will challenge visitors and maybe even push them out of their comfort zone in order to reconsider a taboo topic such as cannibalism from new angles.

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Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Offers Transcendent Visual Storytelling

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Terrence Malick has won acclaim for films as diverse as “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life.” His new film “Knight of Cups” (opening March 11 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas and Angelika Film Center) will likely please his devoted fans and confuse everyone else.

Podcast 66: Extreme Latin Cinema

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Masked wrestlers, nunsploitation, monsters, and San Diego Latino Film Festival's Un Mundo Extraño — Cinema Junkie looks to extreme Latin cinema with Horrible Imaginings' Miguel Rodriguez.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival Kicks Off 23rd Year

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The 23rd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a trio of films, as well as an opening night concert and party.

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'The Wave' Serves Up A Norwegian-Style Disaster Film

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When it comes to disaster movies, California has its earthquakes, the Midwest has its twisters, and Norway has rockslides into the fjord. "The Wave" (opening March 4 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) serves up an art house disaster movie.

Podcast Episode 65: TCM's March Spotlight Series Condemned

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Turner Classic Movies launches its March spotlight program, Condemned, a look at more than four decades of censorship, the Catholic Legion of Decency, and the film industry.

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TCM Launches Monthly Spotlight Series Called 'Condemned'

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What do “Queen Christina,” “From Russia With Love,” and “The Odd Couple” all have in common? They all so offended the Catholic Church that they received the dreaded “C” rating for condemned.

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San Diego Opera Favorite Ferruccio Furlanetto Performs In Concert

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Italian bass and San Diego Opera favorite Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to San Diego Opera for his first American concert on Saturday, March 5 at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center.

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Crime Thriller 'Triple 9' Moves To A Tense Beat

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The new film "Triple 9" (opened Feb. 26 throughout San Diego) serves up a gritty crime thriller with a score by Nine Inch Nails' Atticus Ross.

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Chris Rock Rocked The Oscars

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The 88th Academy Awards were held last night amidst calls for boycotts over the lack of black nominees. But African American host Chris Rock did not boycott and the Academy owes him a huge debt of gratitude.

Podcast Episode 64: Paying Tribute To Hammer Horror

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For almost two decades, starting in the late 1950s, you could count on Hammer Films for breathtakingly lurid Gothic horror tales that served up vampires, werewolves, monsters and luscious ladies. British author Antony Earnshaw talks about the studio and it legacy for the launch of a yearlong film series Get Hammered at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'Get Hammered' Serves Up A Full Flight Of Hammer Horror

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If you grew up in the 1960s and '70s then Hammer Films might have given you your first cinematic scare. Get Hammered is a yearlong monthly film series at the Digital Gym Cinema dedicated to Hammer Horror. Here’s a preview.

Podcast Episode 63: Oscar Nominee 'The Look Of Silence'

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Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about making documentaries from a subjective point of view in "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence," which is up for a Best Documentary Oscar this Sunday.

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Special San Diego Screenings Of Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'The Look Of Silence'

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"The Look of Silence" is up for a Best Documentary Oscar. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer will be at UCSD Monday night and SDSU on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to discuss the film, one of the best from last year.

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'The Witch' Conjures Up A Puritan Nightmare

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"The Witch" (opened Feb. 19 throughout San Diego) won a best directing award at Sundance last year for first-time director Robert Eggers. It was well-deserved.

Podcast Episode 62: Director Robert Eggers On 'The Witch'

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This year is off to a good start with "Bone Tomahawk" and "The Witch" (now playing throughout San Diego) serving up well-crafted horror tales that challenge expectations about the genre.

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'Bone Tomahawk' Delivers A Slow-Burn Horror Western

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“Bone Tomahawk” finally gets its San Diego premiere on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Digital Gym Cinema.

Podcast Episode 61: S. Craig Zahler On Ramping Up 'Bone Tomahawk'

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"Bone Tomahawk" gets a one-time screening in San Diego on Feb. 21 at the Digital Gym Cinema. Writer-director S. Craig Zahler talks about ramping up his slow-burn horror western.

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San Diego Opera Presents 'Tosca'

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Love, villainy, murder — that's right, it’s opera season and passions are running high in San Diego Opera’s "Tosca." The opera has three remaining performances and will be broadcast on KPBS FM Saturday night.

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Love Is A Battlefield With Intrepid Theatre's 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?'

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Love has been called a battlefield and one savage example of that can be found in Edward Albee’s play "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre's production is calling on a married acting couple to play Albee’s famously combative George and Martha.

Podcast Episode 60: Celebrating Blaxploitation Cinema

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David Walker, writer of the new "Shaft" comic books, loves the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s and says we're due for Blaxploitation 2.0.

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Friendly, Intimate San Diego Comic Fest Takes Over President's Day Weekend

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San Diego Comic Fest touts itself as “the friendly intimate comic-con experience.” This year they moved the event from October to President’s Day weekend.

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The Angelika Film Center Launches Series To Showcase Hollywood Epics

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San Diego's most recently opened luxury cinema, Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain, kicks off a new film series called “Movies Off the Wall” and features films from its poster wall. It will take place Monday nights in February.

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'Ragtime The Musical' Delivers A Message That's Still Relevant

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E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel “Ragtime” has inspired a feature film and a stage musical. San Diego Musical Theatre presents their production of “Ragtime The Musical” at the Spreckels Theater through Feb. 21.

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'Hail, Caesar!' Delivers Screwball Comedy And More

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A Coen Brothers film is always something to look forward to and "Hail, Caesar!" (opening this weekend in select theaters) is no exception.

Podcast Episode 59: The Self-Aware Zombie

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With "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" reanimating on screens this weekend, the time seems ripe to speak with Doctor of the Dead Arnold T. Blumberg about a recent strain of the undead — the self-aware zombie.

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San Diego Jewish Film Festival Launches 26th Year With South African Drama

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The 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday night with the U.S. premiere of the South African drama "The Price of Sugar." Here are some highlights.

Podcast Episode 58: Under-Appreciated Black Directors

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On the heels of Oscar snubbing black actors and filmmakers again, and on the eve of Black History Month, Cinema Junkie sits down with a pair of black San Diego independent filmmakers to talk about some under-appreciated African-American directors whose works are worth seeking out.

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'45 Years' Looks To Marriage On The Rocks

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Charlotte Rampling received a best actress Oscar nomination for "45 Years" (opening Jan. 29 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla, and Angelika Center). The performance is award-worthy but the actress’ response to the outcry over the all-white nominees may have killed her chances of winning.

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Preview: San Diego Black Film Festival

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This year’s San Diego Black Film Festival arrives amidst public outcry over another year of very white Academy Award nominations. But the festival highlights the diversity of black filmmaking.

Podcast Episode 57: San Diego Black Film Festival

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The San Diego Black Film Festival reveals the diversity of contemporary black filmmaking.

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Dame Maggie Smith Finds 'Vagabond Nobility' In 'Lady In The Van'

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“Lady in the Van” tells the “mostly true story” of playwright Alan Bennett’s odd relationship with a homeless woman who camped out on his driveway for 15 years.

Podcast Episode 56: The Black Panthers And Oscar Boycott

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The screening of a documentary about the Black Panthers at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this weekend seems oddly appropriate on the heels of the very white Academy Award nominations. Would the Black Panthers be boycotting the Oscars?

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Uses Documentaries To Stir Awareness

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off its sixth year and four days of films at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Jan. 21.

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Comics Give 'Terminator 2' Live Table Read

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Are you in the mood for a movie? How about an action film that’s free but in a bar and with the roles read by comedians? Get ready for "Tabled: Terminator 2."

Podcast Episode 55: Oscar Rants And Raves

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Cinema Junkie Podcast is back from a holiday break with a three-part show all about the Oscars.

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Animated 'Anomalisa' Proves Achingly Human

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“Anomalisa” (opening Jan. 15 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) just nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Animated film.

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'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Lead In Academy Award Nominations

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The 88th annual Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning with "The Revenant" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" leading a predictable list of nominations. Here's what they got right and wrong.

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FilmOut San Diego Screens 'My Own Private Idaho'

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FilmOut San Diego is hosting a 25th anniversary screening of Gus Van Sant’s innovative take on the Bard, "My Own Private Idaho,” on Wednesday.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Hungers For An Oscar In 'The Revenant'

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Real life frontiersman Hugh Glass gained fame for being attacked by a grizzly and living to tell about it. That legendary tale provides the starting point for the film “The Revenant.”

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Kensington Video Kicks Off Film Series With Leiser Brothers

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Kensington Video has reopened and is launching a film program to highlight student and experimental work. Owner Guy Hanford is expanding the role his store plays in San Diego’s film community.

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The Art Of The Tease At Diversionary Theatre

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Diversionary Theatre is committed to showcasing dance as well as theater. This weekend they reveal something naughty for the New Year, "In the Va Va Voom Room," a burlesque show that explores the art of the tease.

Podcast Episode 54: The Cinema Junkie Awards

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Awards season is in full swing so it must be time to make a Ten Best List and hand out some awards.

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Cinema Junkie Picks 10 Best Films Of 2015

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This past year saw a new "Star Wars" movie shatter every box office record imaginable. It also saw 70 millimeter film back in cinemas courtesy of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," plus a surprisingly diverse array of roles for women. Here are KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando's picks for the best of 2015.

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'Carol' Does Not Have A Hair Out Of Place

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If you are looking for the perfect cinematic gift this Christmas, may I suggest unwrapping “Carol” at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas.

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Some Things To Love About 'The Hateful Eight'

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Quentin Tarantino’s new western "The Hateful Eight" opens on Christmas Day in 70mm. But it’s the performances and not a resurrected format that make this film worth seeing.

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'The Hateful Eight:' What Is A Roadshow?

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Quentin Tarantino is single-handedly trying bring film — actual projected film — back into cinemas this Christmas with his 70mm roadshow presentation of “The Hateful Eight.” Find out what a roadshow is and where to find it in San Diego.

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'A Civil War Christmas' Offers Alternative To Traditional Holiday Theater

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If you’ve had your fill of traditional holiday fare such as "The Grinch," "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" then Diversionary Theatre has something for you -- Paula Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas."

Podcast Episode 53: Star Wars Road Trip

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For some, "Star Wars" is a way of life and the arrival of a new movie set in a galaxy far, far away is cause for both great excitement and great concern. A group of "Star Wars" fans rent a van and drive up to Los Angeles for the opening night of "Episode VII: The Force Awakens."